Someone said to me today  “I don’t know if I have what it takes”. How many of us wonder that throughout our lives? Do I have what it takes to succeed and go to the top of this company? Do I have what it takes to be a great mom or dad? Do I have what it takes to make it to Broadway? And how will we know? What does it take really? Who decides and when? How many of us scare ourselves with imaginary hoops to jump through without ever finding out how hard, or possibly simple it might turn out to be? Are you creating your future based on your past, or will you rewrite your story and create a new future based on a powerful decision today? Anything is possible, and it begins with this moment.

You have what it takes. The question is, will you give what it takes? I have a sign up on my wall that my 92 year old mother wrote for me on a bad day. It reads: “You won’t know if you don’t KEEP GOING!!! I believe in you!!!”

I believe in you! I believe you are capable of greatness beyond anything you have yet imagined. I believe that you have been given gifts to bring to the world and it’s time to play big and step into your light. But you’ll never know if you don’t KEEP GOING! And I don’t mean by testing the waters, or tiptoeing in to see what happens… but go with real commitment, no matter what. Take bold consistent steps and find out what happens. I’ll end tonight with of my favorite quotes:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.”

— W.H. Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

About Elizabeth Browning

Elizabeth Browning is a filmmaker, actress, director, and one of New York City's most respected acting coaches. Her production company, Joy Light Productions, creates film and television designed to inspire. Elizabeth is also an Area Manager and Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, offering people from all walks of life an opportunity to become financially free while discovering a new path to health, beauty, and overall well-being.

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